Renaissance Solar and Electronic Materials (RSOLEC), a solar company operating in India and the USA, announced its official launch and establishment, accompanied by a substantial planned investment of approximately $300 million. With a global presence and expertise in differentiated solar and electronic materials manufacturing, RSOLEC is poised to revolutionize the industry by strategically focusing on Solar Crystal Growth and Wafering.
The unveiling of RSOLEC is in perfect alignment with India’s “Atmanirbhar Bharat” mission, showcasing the nation’s capabilities in the state-of-the-art solar value chain. The company’s primary focus for the next five years will emphasize Crystal Growth and Wafering in India, aiming to significantly bolster the country’s strategic solar manufacturing capacity. In the long run, RSOLEC envisions an expansion of its manufacturing operations across the entire solar value chain.
Investment and Job Creation:
RSOLEC is committed to pioneering solar manufacturing with the lowest capital intensity, ensuring cost-competitive production on a global scale. The company’s roadmap anticipates achieving a capital intensity below $35 million per GW, emphasizing efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
Moreover, RSOLEC places a strong emphasis on job creation, aspiring to generate over 1,000 skilled jobs in the solar sector within the next three years. Looking further ahead, the company envisions more than 3,000 skilled job opportunities in line with economic development and skill enhancement objectives.
Founded and supported by technocrats from five different countries across three continents, RSOLEC integrates continuous improvement on existing platforms with cutting-edge technologies. Headquartered in Delaware, USA, RSOLEC operates through its Indian subsidiary located within the dynamic ecosystem of IIT Madras Research Park.
Milind Kulkarni, Chairman and CEO of RSOLEC, stated, “RSOLEC is poised to contribute to the solar energy revolution and initiate the cultural transformation required for success in the dynamic solar manufacturing sector. Our differentiation lies in our technology-driven, low-risk innovations, positioning RSOLEC at the forefront of the solar industry.”
The facility will utilize Recharge Czochralski (RCZ) process, which can be retrofitted to the emerging Continuous Czochralski (CCZ) process for Crystal Growth. Wafer production is based on the cutting-edge DCW platform, capable of producing thin wafers measuring below 100 micrometers in thickness.
RSOLEC’s commitment to continuous technological advancement on existing platforms enables an 80% improvement in productivity and a 40% reduction in production costs over a short timeframe.
The primary product is high-quality silicon wafers with low oxygen content, high lifetime, and controlled resistivity, compatible with all solar cell technologies, including TOPCon, PERC, HJT, and Tandem structures.
RSOLEC aims to achieve crystals with uniform resistivity, potentially increasing cell efficiency by 0.15%, a milestone not yet attained in the solar manufacturing industry. For select customers requiring very low oxygen content, the magnetic Czochralski (MCZ) platform will be employed. The facility will have the capability to produce wafers in various sizes, including M10, G12, and G16.
Capacity: Initial production capacity is set at 5 GW, with plans for expansion to exceed 20 GW in the long term.
Timeline: Commissioning of the facility is planned in late 2025, with production commencing in 2026. RSOLEC is currently evaluating several short-listed production sites offering attractive opportunities.
Innovative Leadership: The founding team of RSOLEC consists of four dedicated professionals with extensive experience in the solar value chain, supported by nine international Subject Matter Experts and accomplished Advisory Board members.